The image shows an African American or African doll wearing her underpants and bra. All around her are images of outfits someone has made for her. She stands next to a tape measure.

How to measure a doll for sewing doll clothes #SewingLove #DollCrafts

  I recently had someone send me a message using my Contact Form, and she wasn’t sure how to best measure her doll for sewing purposes. So I thought it wouldn’t hurt to re-post this tutorial video and my written tips. For the neck circumference, measure around the widest part of the doll’s neck. That’s usually at the base of the neck. For the neck-to-shoulder-seam, measure from … Continue reading How to measure a doll for sewing doll clothes #SewingLove #DollCrafts

Image shows a little doll seated at her sewing machine. Behind her is a doll-sized ironing board. Her tiny, pale blue coffee cup sits at the ready near her sewing machine. The overlay says, "ChellyWood.com free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes."

Helpful sewing tutorial video links for people learning to sew @ ChellyWood.com #HolidayGiftIdeas #SewingByHand

  My regular followers know that beneath each of my YouTube videos, there are links to a number of videos like this “How to Whipstitch” tutorial. These “basic stitchery” tutorials are designed to help you understand terms and concepts within each tutorial, like: How to sew snaps on fabric How to thread a needle How to sew by hand How to tie a knot when sewing … Continue reading Helpful sewing tutorial video links for people learning to sew @ ChellyWood.com #HolidayGiftIdeas #SewingByHand

Please visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. This is a text box with a purple and turquoise quilted look to it. The text states, "Sewing tips for beginners: clothing items to avoid." This is the fourth installment in a four part blog article series which reviews the topics, terms, and items to watch out for on a pattern's instructions if you're just starting to learn sewing. Visit ChellyWood.com for free printable sewing patterns and to read the other blog articles in this series for beginners just learning how to sew.

How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 4: Difficult Garments) #SewEasy #SewingFun

This is the last installment of a four-week journey to discover what makes a pattern difficult for beginners who are just starting out with their very first sewing projects. By “beginners,” I’m referring to adults learning to sew as well as children of all ages who are learning to sew. We’ve been studying a single pattern, Simplicity doll clothes pattern #4654, which is a fun … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 4: Difficult Garments) #SewEasy #SewingFun

The image shows Mattel's Curvy Barbie modeling a hand-made shirt with cloth-covered tiny buttons. Each button is encompassed by a floss loop, all hand-made by the seamstress who blogs here, at ChellyWood.com.

How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 3: Know Your Notions) #SewMuchFun #SewingNotions

  For the past two Mondays, we’ve been looking at Simplicity doll clothes pattern #4654, which is a super fun pattern for those of us who have been sewing for a while. However, in the image below, I’ve underlined some key terms that tell us this isn’t the ideal pattern for the absolute beginner. Today I’m going to talk about why certain sewing notions (those … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 3: Know Your Notions) #SewMuchFun #SewingNotions

How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 2: Know Your Fabrics) #LearningToSew #Fabrics

  Last week we took a look at this pattern from Simplicity (doll clothes pattern #4654) which is a fantastic pattern for those of us who have been sewing for a while. However, in the image below, I’ve underlined some key terms that tell us this isn’t the ideal pattern for the absolute beginner. I’ve underlined some of the recommended fabrics on the pattern, and … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 2: Know Your Fabrics) #LearningToSew #Fabrics

Here we see the Chelly Wood doll from the ChellyWood.com website and the ChellyWood1 YouTube channel. She holds up a sewing pattern for 18 inch doll clothes. The pattern's cover image shows Simplicity 18" doll clothes pattern #4654 which includes patterns for making a lined hooded raincoat or coverup, a tank top and skort, a short-sleeved everyday dress, a sunny sleeveless top with capri pants, a T-shirt with cargo pants, and a crop top with skort or shorts. There's also an 18-inch doll pictured on the pattern wearing a denim jumper with overall straps. The doll wears a striped tee shirt under the overall-style jumper. (This is "jumper" in the US sense of the word -- not a "sweater" as we'd say in the US, but more of a dress with the style of overalls). The watermark on this photo reminds us to visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes. This image also has a header that says, "Today's topic of discussion: what makes a pattern difficult for beginners?" And in fact, if you navigate to the link to the article that accompanies this image, doll clothing designer, YouTuber, and writer Chelly Wood discusses all the features that make this particular pattern difficult for a beginner who is just learning to sew. This article is designed to help anyone who teaches sewing classes, is teaching another person how to sew, or people who are, themselves, just learning to sew, what to avoid when purchasing store-bought patterns.

How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 1) #SewingForDolls #Handmade

I started sewing doll clothes when I was very young, back in the early 1970’s, but I didn’t really learn how to read patterns and pattern instructions until I was about 15 or 16. Reading the instructions on the back of a pattern can seem daunting to a child who is learning to sew, and therefore I don’t advise it for kids under age 12. … Continue reading How to Tell When a Sewing Pattern Is NOT for Beginners (Part 1) #SewingForDolls #Handmade

Image shows a YouTube tutorial header with the title, "How to Sew Bias Tape." It features a photo of Mattel's Tall Barbie from the Barbie Fashionistas line. She wears a tie dye shirt with bias tape trim. Overlay offers the URL for this tutorial: ChellyWood.com.

How to Sew Bias Tape for #Crafters and #Sewists

  This week I’ve given you a new pattern for a small-bodied doll’s bias-tape-edged tunic or shirt dress. For anyone who is unfamiliar with bias tape, I thought I’d re-post my bias tape tutorial this week as well. The bias tape project in today’s video uses felt for a doll’s garment, and I often recommend learning to sew with felt. But the drawback to making … Continue reading How to Sew Bias Tape for #Crafters and #Sewists

Image of spool of grey thread with needle through it. Overlay says, "Basic Sewing Stitch Tutorial"

Teach a Child to Sew by Hand With this Easy Straight-Stitch #Sewing #Tutorial @ ChellyWood.com

  With so many families stuck in their houses under COVID-19 lockdown, I’ve seen a significant increase of traffic to this website, and I’m wondering if parents are taking this opportunity to teach their children to sew. My site has lots of great tutorials for the beginning sewist. For example, perhaps you’ve seen my video that shows “How to Sew a Snap on Fabric“. The video … Continue reading Teach a Child to Sew by Hand With this Easy Straight-Stitch #Sewing #Tutorial @ ChellyWood.com

The image shows the legs of a BFC Ink doll wearing a pair of handmade socks which have been sewn out of a pair of underwear. The overlay says "DIY Doll Socks" and if you go to ChellyWood.com, you'll find a free tutorial video that explains, step-by-step, how to make your own doll socks from underpants. This is one of dozens of easy-to-follow instructional DIY videos along with hundreds of free doll clothes sewing patterns which can be found at Chelly Wood dot com.

What to do with your bored kids during the quarantine? Make doll socks! #boredkids #quarantine

How do you entertain your bored kids during the COVID-19 quarantine? I have an idea… Got any undies with holes in them? Or pairs of unmentionables your kids have outgrown? Why not make them into a pair of doll socks? But please… MAKE SURE THEY ARE CLEAN first! 😀 Today’s super easy craft project requires very little sewing skill, but just to be sure you … Continue reading What to do with your bored kids during the quarantine? Make doll socks! #boredkids #quarantine

The image shows Enderman from Minecraft. This is an easy-to-sew felt cube with a free printable PDF sewing pattern, which you can download at ChellyWood.com as a PDF file. The Enderman character is trademarked, so this is an "unofficial" pattern, designed by patern designer Chelly Wood. You can make this felt Enderman character or other Minecraft characters into a foot sack, hackey sack (hacky sack) or plush toy using a simple free pattern and felt. Go to ChellyWood.com for this and other fun craft projects for boys and girls to make / sew with felt.

Sewing With Boys: Make a Minecraft (unofficial) felt character w/FREE Patterns @ ChellyWood.com #momofboys #craftymom

Yes, you’ve seen this tutorial and pattern before. I apologize for the repeat. I have some new stuff to post this week, but with the Covid-19 Lockdown, a lot of people are home with their kids right now. This free pattern offers you something fun to do with both boys and girls, and all it requires is a little felt with a needle and thread! … Continue reading Sewing With Boys: Make a Minecraft (unofficial) felt character w/FREE Patterns @ ChellyWood.com #momofboys #craftymom

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns and tutorials for making clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows the fabric of a doll's skirt trimmed in blue ric rac, which gives it a jagged, scalloped edge. The overlay says, "Ric rac questions answered" and offers the website: ChellyWood.com.

What is rickrack trim? And how do you use it? @ChellyWood.com #dollclothes #sewingtutorials

  Today’s tutorial video shows you how to use rickrack trim, like the trim shown at the bottom of the Greenbrier doll’s dress below: Today’s tutorial video is actually a re-post, and in fact, I’m planning to take a little time off from these blog posts because it’s my birthday tomorrow. So I hope you don’t mind if I leave for a brief vacation. While I’m … Continue reading What is rickrack trim? And how do you use it? @ChellyWood.com #dollclothes #sewingtutorials

Image shows a Barbie-sized bodice cut from felt. Lace is overlaid on top of the felt bodice. Watermark says: ChellyWood.com: free printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

How to design a simple doll dress bodice w/Chelly Wood @ChellyWood.com #dollclothes and #publishing

  It was about this time last year when I first posted this video here on ChellyWood.com. It demonstrates a super easy way to design a dress to fit any doll at all, regardless of her shape or size. It’s a tutorial that gives you a brief taste of the methods I use for designing simple bodices, including how I designed the patterns we’re using … Continue reading How to design a simple doll dress bodice w/Chelly Wood @ChellyWood.com #dollclothes and #publishing